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Published: January 24, 2011

On January 24, 2011, a Coloma Township Police Officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by a United States District Court jury sitting in Grand Rapids. The federal lawsuit was filed against the officer by an individual who was arrested for domestic violence and resisting and obstructing a police officer. The plaintiff alleged that during his arrest the police officer used excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment by improperly using a Taser when the plaintiff refused to respond to commands. The officer had to utilize the Taser because the plaintiff failed to put his hands behind his back and pulled away from another officer attempting to handcuff him. The jury found that the officer’s decision to use the Taser was not excessive force because his decision was objectively reasonable under the circumstances the officers faced. The Coloma Township police officer was defended by McGraw Morris P.C. attorney G. Gus Morris.


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